Today, there are more cannabis strains and types available than ever before. And this wide variety of options is only expanding further and faster as legal access to cannabis continues to grow.

With so many options available, you’d think that choosing the right cannabis clone would be easy, but it isn’t quite that simple. The numerous strains and types of clones make it difficult to know which is best for your specific needs! Because of this, we’ve compiled a list of the most common types of cannabis clones on the market today.

Understanding what each type offers can help you make an informed decision about which strain or clone is right for your specific needs.

 

What is a Cannabis Clone?

A clone is a plant grown from a cutting taken from a different plant. When a cutting is taken from a cannabis plant and planted, it grows into a clone of the parent plant from which it took it. However, clones are not genetically identical to the parent plant they took. This means the clone will have a different chemical makeup than the parent plant.

Clones are the most common method of growing cannabis indoors. Plants grown from clones typically finish in a shorter time than plants grown from seed because clones grow much quicker than seeds.

Clones also provide an excellent way of growing a specific strain that has proven successful for you in the past. Otherwise, you’re left with a bit of a gamble. You might have a beautiful, bountiful harvest of buds you love, but there’s no guarantee that the same genetics will be available from seed.

 

Autoflowering Plants

Autoflowering plants are cannabis plants that do not require a change in photoperiod to induce flowering. This flowering usually happens after a certain number of weeks in the vegetative stage.

Autoflowering cannabis plants are a mix of Sativa and ruderal genetics. They are mostly used as genetic crosses in producing other cannabis strains. Autoflowering cannabis plants are not the same as photoperiod-resistant strains. Autoflowering plants have a genetic predisposition to flower, whether they are grown indoors or outdoors.

As a result, growing them indoors during the shorter days of autumn and winter may result in smaller yields than photoperiod-sensitive strains. Autoflowering plants can be beneficial if you grow indoors in a state like Ohio with a short growing season. Otherwise, there are very few situations where auto-flowering cannabis plants are the best choice.

 

Indica and Sativa Strains

The terms “Indica” and “Sativa” refer to how cannabis plants naturally grow and are commonly used to describe strains of cannabis. These terms are not used exclusively for cannabis. They are also used for other species of plants, including cannabis’s wild ancestors.

Strains of cannabis described as Indica plants tend to grow shorter, have broader leaves, and produce a relaxed, euphoric feeling. On the other hand, Sativa plants are taller, have narrower leaves, and tend to induce energy and creativity. Indica and Sativa plants are generally believed to originate from different parts of the world.

Indica are believed to have originated in Asia, while Sativa is believed to have originated in the equatorial regions of South America. However, genetic analysis of modern cannabis strains has not always shown any clear relationship between the region of origin and the genetic makeup of the plants.

 

Ruderalis Strains

Ruderalis is a species of wild cannabis that naturally grows in areas that experience very short growing seasons. These areas include parts of Central Asia, Siberia, and parts of Northern Europe.

Ruderalis is a poor candidate for indoor growing since it is less resistant to pests and can be more difficult to harvest than other cannabis varieties. Ruderalis is often used in crossbreeding to create auto-flowering strains that begin flowering automatically without the need for photoperiodism like other strains.

Although cannabis strains that contain ruderalis genetics are sometimes referred to as “auto-flowering” strains, the crossbreeding that occurs to create these strains is significant enough that these plants are no longer considered to be true ruderalis. Auto-flowering strains are generally better suited to short-season growing regions and greenhouse growing.

 

Clone-only Strain Types

Some cannabis strains are only available as clones taken from a mature plant. Usually, these strains are rare and are no longer being grown from seed. This can be due to various reasons, including the inability to produce seeds for the specific strain. For example, the Chem Dawg strain is a clone-only strain.

Clone-only strains are often extremely rare and only offered by seed banks. Flowering only from clones is often the best way to produce a strain that is true to the original genetics. However, it is important to remember that clones are not genetically identical to the original plant. This means that the same plant that produces the clone may not produce the same clone again.

 

Which Type of Clone Should I Get?

When deciding which type of clone to purchase, it is important to consider your growing environment and specific needs. If you have a very specific need, like needing clones that are resistant to pests or can handle very low temperatures, then it can be difficult to find clones that meet those specific needs.

Clones of the strain that work best for you can provide excellent yield quality. They give you the best opportunity to get the most out of your plants, no matter which clone type you choose.

 

Conclusion

Cannabis clones are a great and easy way to grow exceptional cannabis indoors. Whether you’re looking to grow a specific and rare strain or just searching for a quick and easy way to grow, cannabis clones are a perfect choice. Cannabis clones provide the best opportunity to get the most out of your plants. Whether growing an Indica, a Sativa, or something else, clones can help you get the best yield possible.